Picking a Blog Name, Part One
Lavish fanfare. “Thank you, thank you! Please, you’re embarrassing me, really…thank you…no, really…thank you…” The crowd settles. I begin to speak. My voice is full of warmth and humility: “On the auspicious occasion (asion, asion, asion) of my first official blog post (ost, ost), as I look out upon my legions of imaginary fans (ans, ans)…”
OK, so you’re wondering how I’m going to make an epic multi-part story out of how I picked my blog name when my blog name is simply my, you know, name. The short answer is: I can make an epic multi-part story out of anything! Here’s the slightly longer answer:
My blog name needed to be special. By contrast, naming my children was easy. After all, they hadn’t developed personalities yet. My blog name, on the other hand, had to embody not only my passions and ideas, but a very developed (some would say overly developed) personality. Hence…
Name choice #1: Don’t Read This, You’ll Only Encourage Him! I figured I’d hit the bulls-eye when I thought of this. Like pretty much every ham since the first Ham, son of Noah (“appearing nightly in the Ark Room”), I started out as the kid who inspired adults to say, “Don’t laugh, you’ll only encourage him.”
As a result, I did a lot of elementary school time-outs for blurting too-good-to-keep-to-myself one-liners. Long before it was labelled ADD, my type of behavior was called “poor citizenship.” To this day, when I see “Citizenship: ________” on a form, I feel like I should answer, “Needs improvement.”
I had a lengthy run in sketch comedy groups during the 80’s and 90’s (Isaac Air Freight, Mitch & Allen, National Lampoon Players). But I also did not-so-funny things like teaching, filmmaking, and conference speaking. Don’t get me wrong, I love making people laugh. Always have, always will. And yet, while funny matters, sola comedia has never been my motto.
I needed a name that said more.
So I reluctantly abandoned Don’t Read This, You’ll Only Encourage Him! as a blog name, vowing to use it as the title of my first post. Hence, this post. Which is now over. But…
…the epic multi-part story continues in